Live theatre can continue without a curfew

Live theatre unaffected by new coronavirus restrictions

Live performances will not be affected by curfews and can remain open with social distancing.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

As new restrictions were announced to curb the spread of coronavirus in the House of Commons today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that theatres will be able to stay open. All current or planned productions can continue to go ahead.

Supported by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, live theatre will be able to continue across the country past the curfew time of 10pm, as long as social distancing policies remain.

Theatres will not have to abide by new curfew rules set out, forcing pubs, restaurants and other public spaces to close early. Current guidance is expected to remain for six months.

Speaking on behalf of the Theatres Trust, Jon Morgan said: "Theatres that were considering reopening with social distancing in place will be less likely to take the risk. Crucially the six month time frame signals that we will not see theatres being able to fully reopen in the near future - the all-important Stage 5 in the government's recovery roadmap."

In the House of Commons, Boris Johnson remarked that greater restrictions may be brought in if current measures do not lower the rate of transmission.

The latest announcement means scheduled performances across London's theatres can continue. This includes the return of The Mousetrap at St. Martin's Theatre, Six at the Lyric Theatre and Death of England: Delroy at the National, starring Giles Terera.


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